Link Tank: Shrek and Its Impact on Animation After 20 Years

Shrek's 20th anniversary, the diversity of the Mortal Kombat movie, best comedy shows on Hulu, and more in today's Link Tank!

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of Shrek, the movie that changed animation. Let’s look at the history of this DreamWorks masterpiece.

“The history of animation can be divided into two eras: before Shrek, and after Shrek. Today, it’s difficult to imagine Shrek as anything but an instant hit. After all, the subject of the 1990 children’s book was always destined for Hollywood stardom, says producer and DreamWorks founder John H. Williams.”

Read more at Inverse.

The actors of Mortal Kombat talk the power of a diverse cast and how that enhances the movie.

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Mortal Kombat will arrive in theaters and HBO Max on April 23, reviving a franchise on the big screen that has been a huge part of pop culture. As a fan of the series as games who has been following it for some time, the part that has really attracted me to this adaptation is that it is a cast of predominantly Asian people, and that it puts the BIPOC characters in the games front and center in a way that hasn’t been done before.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 has perks beyond protecting you and your community. Here are some brands offering freebies if you show proof of vaccination.

“There are certain things you definitely should do after you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine (like hanging onto your vaccination card) and things you definitely shouldn’t do (like abandoning your mask). And then there are things that you can do, but don’t have to. You can, for example, claim a free Krispy Kreme doughnut, or buy discounted tickets to Cincinnati Reds games.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

The 2021 Apple iPad Pro has a starting price of $799 and will be available for pre-order at the end of the month. Is it worth the upgrade?

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“Apple’s updated iPad Pro lineup will be available for pre-order on April 30, and while the new models look much like their predecessors, there are a lot of changes under the hood. We have yet to go hands on with the new iPads, but here’s what you need to know about the 2021 iPad Pros before you spent $800+ on a new tablet.”

Read more at PCMag.

Start your weekend comedy binge early today with the funniest comedy shows you can stream on Hulu.

“It’s easy to forget that other services beyond Netflix and Disney+ have carved out a nice chunk of the comedy TV market. Case in point: Hulu, which still offers a ton of options when you’re in a funny show rut. To get you started, here are some classic sitcoms and underrated comedies you can and should put on your binge list.”

Read more at Thrillist.

The biggest coal miner union in the U.S. announces that they’re ready to transition to clean energy provided there’s aid to that transition.

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“On Monday, the nation’s largest union of coal miners announced that it’s down for the shift to renewable energy as long the transition includes aid—and new jobs—for workers laid off from their sector. It’s the latest sign that workers aren’t buying the fossil fuel industry’s narrative that it’s a great protector of U.S. jobs.”

Read more at Gizmodo.